I had the privilege this morning of presenting a Masonic Veteran’s Service Medal to a brother from Portland, Maine, who resides within my Masonic district. This is one of the singular joys of being in my role and this one event is a highlight of the Masonic year so far.
The Masonic Veteran’s award is a special recognition for our members who reach 50 years as Masons. Something that interests me about this type of recognition is that different grand lodges do things differently. Maine apparently gives a breast jewel and lapel pin (seen attached to the ribbon). In Virginia there is a lapel pin, certificate and life membership card, which absolves a person from having to pay dues anymore. I guess Virginia has figure that if they got 50 years of dues, that should be enough.
Fun stuff. I look forward to doing this a few more times before the year is up.